Family Guys: Black Leaders on the Greatest Job on Earth

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  • Donald Payne Jr.
  • Lacy Clay
  • Elijah Cummings
  • Cory Booker
  • Emanuel Cleaver
  • Barack, Malia and Sasha Obama
  • Eric Holder
  • James Clyburn
  • Danny Davis
  • Marc Morial
  • Keith Ellison
  • G.K. Butterfield

Rep. Elijah Cummings

"Of all the roles I play, being a father is the most important. I see my children as a gift from God," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, pictured with his two daughters. "My father was a very, very special man. He had seven children and a limited education, but he gave me two great gifts. One, he and my mother made sure that we were connected with God. Two, he made sure we got a good education. Every time I walk into the House chamber I think of him. When I was sworn in by Newt Gingrich, he was up in the balcony and started crying. When I asked him why, he said, 'Now I see what I could have been.'"

(Photo: Courtesy of Elijah Cummings)

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